East Grand Plains Elementary School students raised $10,800 selling packs of beef jerky over the last week. The students sold more than 2,000 packets of Fat Man’s Beef Jerky to raise money to fund field trips for all the students. (Randal Seyler Photo)
East Grand Plains Elementary School students raised $10,800 selling beef jerky over the last week.
The funds the students raised will go toward field trips for the student body, said Wendy Southfield, Parent Teacher Organization president.
“We use the money to take the students to movies as a reward for good behavior,” Southfield said.
The students sold 2,180 bags of Fat Man’s Beef Jerky to raise the money, which will be split 50-50 with the company, Southfield said.
“I think this is wonderful,” said Ellen Robey, who, with her husband, Rick, owns Fat Man’s Beef Jerky. “I think people are getting tired of cookie dough and pizza.”
With 14 flavors of beef jerky to choose from, Fat Man’s was a quick seller, Southfield said.
The top seller was first-grader Sierra Ervin, who sold $576 worth of jerky. She chose an iPod as her prize for being top salesperson in the contest.
Fat Man’s Beef Jerky is a local business, with a retail store in Roswell and a production facility in Hagerman, that has gone national in its sales, Robey said.
“We’re trying to let people know about our program. It is a great way for groups to raise funds.”
For more information about the fundraising program, visit fatmansbeefjerky.com.